We’ve Updated our Name!
We are excited to announce that we have a new name! A name that more accurately describes our diverse group of professionals! As of June 25, 2015 we are now the
Washington Association of Accounting and Tax Professionals , (WAATP).
We remain your organization. An organization committed to providing you with quality live and online education. An organization committed to protecting your right to practice in Washington State.
Why did we change?
We take pride in our unique value as an association - we are the only professional Washington State organization of accounting and tax practitioners that welcomes and promotes all industry credential holders and anyone seeking professional development.
And yet at every education seminar we hosted, a comment heard over and over again was: “I can’t join your association, I’m not an accountant”. Our very name was proving to be a perceived barrier to joining our group! With our new name this barrier is lifted.
Is anything changing besides the name?
Nope. We will continue offering stellar education seminars and online education programs; we will continue to help members obtain credentials or maintain credentials; and we will continue to help members connect, learn, and grow in a welcoming and collaborative environment.
We will transition our brand and increase our marketing efforts in order to promote our new name. As we anticipate a strong increase in membership over the next several years, we will include a membership campaign which will strengthen our association and provide even greater value! Our service and commitment to you, remains unchanged.
It has never been more important for accounting and tax professionals to seek out continuing education and help from industry professionals. The scope and complexity of our current tax law is greater than at any other time in our country’s history. How do we keep up? And how do we effectively represent our clients and resolve problems when the IRS funding gets cut? WAATP will help. We support the current Tax Practitioner Bill of Rights sponsored and advocated by the National Society of Accountants, (our national affiliate). Now, more than ever, belonging to a group that promotes you and protects your right to practice is imperative. Our name change reflects the wide variety of professionals that need our advocacy.
Grow With Us
The State Board, the State Chapters and the Members of Washington Association of Accounting and Tax Professionals invite you to embrace this change and become a member today!